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3 SEPTEMBER 2006: 21ST NIKE BUDAPEST INT'L HALF MARATHON, HUNGARY

The race attracted than 6000 people—including about 1000 foreign runners and the prime minister of Hungary, Ferenc Gyurcsány. A very sunny morning greeted the runners on the start line in the City Park (Városliget), and they were sent on their way to the rhythm of the Batucada Samba Band. After running through Heroes' Square, the crowd rolled on to Andrássy Street. Over 250 runners came from Great Britain, 200 from Holland and 100 from Germany. There were runners from as far away as Panama, Sierra Leone and Malaysia.

All of them—young and old, locals and foreigners—could admire the beauties of the Hungarian capital during their journey of two-hours or more, as they conquered the distance. The Nike-Fun-Run (3,5 km) started 15 minutes after the main event, offering a challenge for relatives, children and those who prefer the shorter distances.

The hot and hazy weather made the distance hard. Ferenc Gyurcsány said right after the race: "The last six kilometres were extremely hard. But only one thing matters: I managed to do it." Afterwards hundreds of runners and their relatives stayed on in the City Park, enjoying the late summer sunshine.

MEN:
1  Barnabas BENE               HUN  1:06:33
2  Tamas TOTH                  HUN  1:06:55
3  Wasiema Odhiambo JACKTON    KEN  1:07:07
4  Daniel SOOS                 HUN  1:07:21
5  Andras JUHASZ               HUN  1:07:33
6  Balazs CSILLAG              HUN  1:07:40
7  Roland KEDVES               HUN  1:07:53
8  Laszlo TOTH                 HUN  1:08:19
9  Miklos ZATYKO               HUN  1:08:37
10 Gabor JOZSA                 HUN  1:08:47
 
WOMEN:
1  Aniko KALOVICS              HUN  1:10:48
2  Simona STAICU               HUN  1:12:10
3  Beata RAKONCZAI             HUN  1:14:24
4  Petra TEVELI                HUN  1:17:26
5  Zsuzsa VAJDA                HUN  1:23:00
6  Andrea SZABO                HUN  1:23:31
7  Melanie STANTON             GBR  1:24:02
8  Fanni GYURKO                HUN  1:24:11
9  Anna MARKFY                 HUN  1:24:25
10 Agnes KISS                  HUN  1:24:46

3 SEPTEMBER 2006: RIO DE JANEIRO HALF MARATHON, BRAZIL

For the first time in ten years Brazilians took both male and female titles writes Rodolfo Eichler. Almost free of Kenyan opposition, the young Frank Caldeira won in good conditions (22°C at the start and 25°C at the finish, no wind, and 57% humidity).

Marizete Rezende finished ahead of former winner Sirlene Pinho to win the women's division but Lucélia Peres had held the lead until the final 500m when she fell, and was unable to finish.

The top two finishers in both categories were selected for the inaugural IAAF World Road Running Championships to be held in Hungary on 8 October. In two year's time this race will be held in Rio de Janeiro, using the course of the Rio Half Marathon.

MEN:
1  Franck CALDEIRA DE ALMEIDA  BRA  1:03:25
2  Joao FERREIRA DE LIMA       BRA  1:04:27
3  Paulo ALVES DOS SANTOS      BRA  1:04:39
4  Elijah KIPKEMBOI YATOR      KEN  1:05:02
5  Giomar PEREIRA DA SILVA     BRA  1:05:03
6  Jose TELLES DE SOUZA        BRA  1:05:23
7  Elson ALEX GRACIOLI         BRA  1:05:24
8  Adriano LEMOS FORTES        BRA  1:05:24
9  Benedito DONIZETE GOMES     BRA  1:05:35
10 Jose DO NASCIMENTO SOUZA    BRA  1:05:47

WOMEN:
1  Marizete DE PAULA REZENDE   BRA  1:14:24
2  Sirlene SOUZA DE PINHO      BRA  1:14:37
3  Marcia NARLOCH              BRA  1:15:47
4  Marily DOS SANTOS           BRA  1:16:02
5  Marizette M DOS SANTOS      BRA  1:16:29
6  Maria S PERIRA SILVA        BRA  1:18:23
7  Maria CRISTINA B VAQUEIRO   BRA  1:18:35
8  Antonia B LINS DA SILVA     BRA  1:18:51
9  Rosa J BARBOSA              BRA  1:19:05
10 Maria Z R BALDAIA           BRA  1:19:30

3 SEPTEMBER 2006: GREAT SCOTTISH RUN, GREAT BRITAIN

MEN:
1  Jason MBOTE                 KEN  1:01:36
2  Hendrik RAMALAA             RSA  1:01:36
3  Peter KIPROTICH             KEN  1:01:45
4  John KIRUI                  KEN  1:02:16
5  Simon TONUI                 KEN  1:03:48
6  Thomas ABYU                 KEN  1:05:21
7  Michael COLEMAN             GBR  1:05:48
8  Dominic BANMISTER           GBR  1:06:02
9  David WARDLE                GBR  1:06:23
10 Gareth RAVEN                GBR  1:07:04
 
WOMEN:
1  Caroline CHEPTANGI          KEN  1:10:45
2  Liz YELLING                 GBR  1:10:51
3  Pininah ARUSEL              KEN  1:10:54
4  Flomena CHEPCHIRCHIR        KEN  1:11:30
5  Yoshiko HOSOKAWA            JPN  1:12:13
6  Sharon TAVENGWA                  1:12:27
7  Susan PARTRIDGE             GBR  1:12:40
8  Marie YAMAGISH              JPN  1:13:29
9  Nathalie HARVEY             GBR  1:13:59
10 Birhane DAGNE               GBR  1:14:39

3 SEPTEMBER 2006: VICTORIA FALLS MARATHON & HALF, ZIMBABWE

This inaugural event attracted 230 runners from 15 countries to the resort town of Victoria Falls and the race was run in near perfect conditions. Both races cross the scenic steel bridge over the narrows of the Zambezi River just below the falls which connects Zimbabwe to Zambia. They then turn around and re-cross the bridge back into Zimbabwe. The falls themselves are 1.7 km wide and over 115 metres deep.

The course then followed a beautiful route along the Zambezi River, through the National Park, and then through the suburbs of the town. The half marathon finished at the local primary school, where local hotels had set up a finish with great atmosphere—and the school swimming pool was most welcome in the heat.

The marathon route continued along the main road towards Botswana, through a large natural teak forest, before returning to finish at the school. In the National Park section runners were treated to views of elephant, buffalo, impala and baboon, and many stopped to take photos. Runners' security was ensured by armed National Parks wardens along the route.

The locals had seen nothing quite like this before and crowd support was great. It was a Sunday no one would forget for a while. Local schoolchildren flocked to talk to the top runners, earnestly asking for advice—maybe a top runner of the future was amongst them.

Zimbabweans took the honours in the full marathon, but Zambians scooped the men's half. A look at the times does not do credit to this course, which is run at about 1000m altitude and has some hilly sections. In the future a winning time of around 2:15 could come from this course.

Adequate footwear was sadly lacking among the local runners, many running in "safari boots", gym shoes, and even barefoot. The winner, 25-year old Nkosiyazi Sibanda, ran the whole race barefoot, as did many of the others in the top 10. Addressing this need will be a priority for the organisers, who will seek support from the AIMS community.

The Minister of Tourism attended, and with his support and that of the Zimbabwe and Zambian governments the race is set to grow into a major event on the running calender in Africa—it is certainly one of the most scenic places in the world to run a race.

MEN:
1  Nkosiyazi SIBANDA           ZIM  2:23:13
2  Felix MUSHURWA              ZIM  2:23:43
3  Mac Millan MWANSA           ZAM  2:24:36
4  Mike FOKORONI               ZIM  2:27:43
5  Arthur MATONGO              ZIM  2:28:23
6  Lazarous MANGWEMSWE         ZIM  2:29:36
7  Prodigal KUMALO             ZIM  2:30:48
8  Frank MUTANGA               ZAM  2:31:36
9  Edgar MAVHERA               ZIM  2:32:02
10 Leonard KOKI                ZIM  2:32:02
 
WOMEN:
1  Margreth MAHOHOMA           ZIM  2:55:07
2  Filima RABIA                ZIM  3:03:09
3  Lizzie CHANSA               ZAM  3:12:58
4  Monica KATIVHU              ZIM  3:14:28
5  Mavis RATEIWA               ZIM  3:32:31
6  Hazveini CHIGWAGWA          ZIM  3:37:51
7  Caroline NYAMGANI           ZIM  3:39:08
8  Michelle Anne HOGG          ZIM  3:40:56
9  Mary NYIMBILI               ZAM  3:41:42
10 Angela MILLER               GBR  3:45:15
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Richard BWALTA              ZAM  1:07:13
2  Linos CHINTALI              ZAM  1:07:16
3  Vernly HAMALILA             ZAM  1:08:07

WOMEN:
1  Chokore CHIYEDZA            ZIM  1:22:55
2  Tawapo BHIRI                ZIM  1:24:04
3  Sharon CHINOKUYO            ZIM  1:24:44

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8/9 SEPTEMBER 2006: JUNGFRAU MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

After the thunderstorm damage of last year, the weather for the 14th edition was bright and sunny. Runners saw the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau wherever they looked, and a lot of blue sky. The weather and the good atmosphere left runners elated at the finish line but although times were good no race-records were broken.

Last year's winner Tesfaye Eticha was the only one to run under three hours. Locals Martin Ploner and Lorenz Brunner came 5th and 12th respectively.

In the women's race there were four long time contenders for victory, but Simone Staicu took the title. Simone Niggli-Luder, twelve times a competitor in the Orienteering world championship, came fourth in her first attempt at the marathon.

In Interlaken, 3184 men started, of whom 2994 found there way to the finish line. In the women's category, 734 women were registered, of whom 658 successfully completed. In all 3918 started and 3652 finished.

Next year's 15th Jungfrau-Marathon, on 7-8 September, incorporates the 4th World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.

MEN:
1  Tesfaye ETICHA              ETH  2:59:44
2  Serguej KALEDINE            RUS  3:02:32
3  Billy BURNS                 GBR  3:04:12
4  Karl JOHL                   SUI  3:11:47
5  Martin PLONER               AUT  3:16:33
6  Steffen POLLACK             GER  3:18:54
7  Marcus BIEHL                SUI  3:19:01
8  Jan BLAHA                   CZE  3:19:59
9  Lorenzo TRINCHERI           ITA  3:20:47
10 Graziano GIORDANENGO        ITA  3:23:35
 
WOMEN:
1  Simona STAICU               HUN  3:24:26
2  Elizabeth HAWKER            GBR  3:34:04
3  Simone NIGGLI-LUDER         SUI  3:35:00
4  Svetlana NETCHAJEVA         RUS  3:39:13
5  Claudia LANDOLT             SUI  3:39:29
6  Corinne ZELLER              SUI  3:41:58
7  Bernadette MEIER            SUI  3:43:00
8  Britta MULLER               GER  3:44:59
9  Rita BORN                   SUI  3:47:45
10 Carolina REIBER             SUI  3:55:24

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9 SEPTEMBER 2006: RUSKA MARATHON, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Teppo RONKAINEN                  2:40:27
2  Esko LILLEBERG                   2:40:33
3  Arto KUOPUS                      2:43:37
4  Reijo MATIKAINEN                 3:00:46
5  Sami VALIMAA                     3:03:05
6  Jari OJA                         3:03:48
7  Erkki SIEPPI                     3:03:58
8  Jari SULASALMI                   3:05:00
9  Mikko KOIVUKANGAS                3:05:26
10 Heikki OJANTAKANEN               3:06:17
 
WOMEN:
1  Eija RISTANEN                    3:23:27
2  Erja KIVINIEMI                   3:24:12
3  Ritva KARPPINEN                  3:27:35
4  Tuula HARJAMAKI                  3:28:11
5  Hely PEKKINEN                    3:34:54
6  Anna-Leena PIRHONEN              3:35:12
7  Paulina AULA-KYRO                3:37:37
8  Marjo HUTRI                      3:37:44
9  Virpi MIKKONEN                   3:38:58
10 Riitta PALOJARVI                 3:40:11

9 SEPTEMBER 2006: VILNIUS MARATHON, LITHUANIA

MEN:
1  Aliaksandr LABUCENKA        BLR  2:25:17
2  Dainius Ĺ AUCIKOVAS         LIT  2:28:43
3  Tomas VENCKUNAS             LIT  2:32:29
4  Harek DZIEGIELEWSKI         POL  2:33:01
5  Ivan BENDIK                 BLR  2:34:02
6  Aurimas SKINULIS            LIT  2:35:19
7  Yuri VINOGRADOV             RUS  2:36:11
8  Skawomir SZTEJTER           POL  2:39:30
9  Maris PAKARKLIS             LAT  2:40:39
10 Arunas BALCIUNAS            LIT  2:42:49

WOMEN:
1  Modesta DRUNGILIENE         LIT  2:55:16
2  Ala ZADOROZHNAYA            BLR  2:58:32
3  Sonata MILUSAUSKAITE        LIT  3:02:30
4  Renata SILIUK               LIT  3:11:40
5  Justina JACKUTE             LIT  3:18:22
6  Anita CLANOVA               LAT  3:22:07
7  Aušra KAVALIAUSKIENE       LIT  3:23:16
8  Sada BUKSNIENE              LIT  3:24:50
9  Vilija DAMASICKIENE         LIT  3:28:07
10 Aiste TRAUBIENE             LIT  3:31:59

9 SEPTEMBER 2006: LA RUTA DE LAS IGLESIAS, ECUADOR

MEN:
1  Efren PIEDRA AVILES         ECU  32:02
2  Jose NARVAEZ ANRANGO        ECU  32:06
3  Vladimir ARIAS SARMIENTO    ECU  32:33
4  Angel ALMACHI CONDOR        ECU  32:36
5  Franklin TENORIO            ECU  32:47
6  Heriberto BUSTILLOS ROMAN   ECU  32:49
7  Heriberto CHANGUSIG LINARES ECU  32:55
8  Guillermo CHALCO ULCUANGO   ECU  33:10
9  Diego ORTEGA CASTILLO       ECU  33:16
10 Rafael BARROS REINOSO       ECU  33:19
 
WOMEN:
1  Martha TENORIO              ECU  37:38
2  Raquel ACOSTA ANDALUZ       ECU  37:39
3  Paola ALVARO FIALLOS        ECU  38:29
4  Narciza COLLAGUAZO TOAPANTA ECU  38:40
5  Judith LANDI ANDRADE        ECU  38:57
6  Marisol VILCACUNDO ZUYIGA   ECU  39:15
7  Eugenia GUERRA BURBANO      ECU  39:24
8  Nancy ROSERO                ECU  39:35
9  Geanine SUNTAXI             ECU  39:54
10 Alexandra PAREDES YUCAILLA  ECU  40:55

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10 SEPTEMBER 2006: PILA INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON, POLAND

The race incorporated the Polish half marathon championships. There were 917 finishers from 11 countries.

MEN:
1  Michael KARONEI             KEN  1:03:29
2  Paul NGETICH                KEN  1:03:37 
3  Henryk SZOST                POL  1:03:47
4  Pawel OCHAL                 POL  1:04:21
5  Jaroslaw CICHOCKI           POL  1:04:35
6  Jan BIALK                   POL  1:04:40
7  Piotr DRWAL                 POL  1:04:53
8  Maciej MIERECZKO            POL  1:05:30
9  Rafal WOJCIK                POL  1:05:44
10 Marek JAROSZEWSKI           POL  1:06:29

Women:
1  Monika DRYBULSKA            POL  1:14:01
2  Edyta LEWANDOWSKA           POL  1:15:44
3  Arleta MELOCH               POL  1:17:04
4  Agnieszka GORTEL            POL  1:17:28
5  Wioletta URYGA              POL  1:18:22
6  Joanna KAMINSKA             POL  1:19:48
7  Paraskevi GRATSANI          GRE  1:20:32
8  Mariola KONOWALSKA          POL  1:20:48
9  Ewa KUCHARSKA               POL  1:23:01
10 Danuta PIETRUSZYNSKA        POL  1:23:53

10 SEPTEMBER 2006: MEDIO MARATON INT'L CIUDAD DE MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

The Average International Marathon of Medellín is the pioneer of road racing in Colombia, and one of the most important in all Latin America.

Medellín is a centre of fashion and of sport. The Half Marathon generates tourism and employment for the city and for Colombia. Around 3,000 schoolchildren ran the 5km Carrefour Chévere race. The school with the greatest number of runners participating earns a sports endowment for its community as part of the development programme administered by the race organisers.

Around 12000 people visited the Life Sport fair in the three days preceding the race. In all, 17,875 competitors in the different categories participated in a recreational sports event and a popular carnival with great international prestige.

MEN:
1  Ernest MELI KIMELI          KEN  1:04:32
2  Joseph KOECH                KEN  1:05:37
3  Vanderlei CORDERO DE LIMA   BRA  1:06:24
4  Javier GUARIN               COL  1:06:39
5  William NARANJO JARAMILLO   COL  1:07:13
6  James ROTICH                KEN  1:07:37
7  Luis OCHOA                  COL  1:08:06
8  John CHAUX HALES            COL  1:09:06
9  Giovanny AMADOR             COL  1:09:09
10 Wilberto MORELOS            COL  1:09:40

WOMEN:
1  Genoveva KIGEN              KEN  1:14:35
2  Pamela CHEPKOEC             KEN  1:15:26
3  Berta SANCHEZ               COL  1:15:34
4  Liliana MARIA ARIAS         COL  1:20:32
5  Iglandini GONZALEZ          COL  1:21:05
6  Marta RONCERIA              COL  1:23:27
7  Claudia TANGARIZA           COL  1:25:42
8  Nora YANETH RINCON          COL  1:26:04
9  Gloria ESTELA LONDOŃO       COL  1:29:53
10 Sewage ALENE AMARA          ETH  1:31:44

10 SEPTEMBER 2006: BUENOS AIRES CITY HALF MARATHON, ARGENTINA

The 18th edition of the race atttracted 5000 runners, and fully half of them were foreign runners, including 1500 Brazilians. Most of the others came from Uruguay, Peru and the EU countries. Race conditions were 25°C and 60% humidity.

The value of the ChampionChip timing system was reconfirmed by the tight men's finish. The Argentinian Oscar Cortinez came across the line 0.15 seconds before the Brazilian Fabio Nascimento - a veritable photo finish, except that no photo was necessary.

A similar scenario in the women's race resulted in the Argentina Carina Allay imposing herself to win, by a slender margin, from the Brazilian Beatriz Nascimento.

MEN:
1  Oscar CORTINEZ              ARG  1:05:57
2  Fabio NASCIMENTO            BRA  1:05:57
3  Adriano BASTOS              BRA  1:07:21
4  Diego FERNANDEZ             ARG  1:07:42
5  Gustavo COMBA               ARG  1:08:15
6  Alejandro GIMENEZ           ARG  1:09:25
7  Claudio JOFRE               ARG  1:10:59
8  Claudio BURGOS              ARG  1:11:26
9  Oscar VERDE                 ARG  1:11:29
10 Washington VELEDA           URU  1:12:30
 
WOMEN
1  Carina ALLAY                ARG  1:18:58
2  Beatriz NASCIMENTO          BRA  1:19:11
3  Estela MARTINEZ             ARG  1:19:50
4  Cristina CARVALHO           BRA  1:21:24
5  Rosana LUISETTI             ARG  1:21:58
6  Mabel LASTRINI              ARG  1:26:04
7  Ana MOLINA                  ARG  1:26:32
8  Maria TOW DE PRAT GAY       ARG  1:26:40
9  Roxana LEGUIZAMON           ARG  1:29:40
10 Belen PALACIO               ARG  1:29:34

10 SEPTEMBER 2006: NOVOSIBIRSK HALF MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Eugene RYBAKOV                   1:05:50
2  Anatoliy RYBAKOV                 1:06:31
3  Dmitriy BURMAKIN                 1:07:06
4  Michael CHOBOTOV                 1:09:06
5  Sergey ZABELIN                   1:10:56
6  Dmitriy JAMKOVOI                 1:11:30
7  Eugene ROHOR                     1:13:18
8  Michael SMIRNOV                  1:14:15
9  Oleg SANDYKOV                    1:15:10
10 Andreu ISLAMOV                   1:15:33
 
WOMEN:
1  Lidia GRIGORIEVA                 1:12:09
2  Olesya SYRIEVA                   1:12:45
3  Lidia JADJAK                     1:15:56
4  Julia SMIRNOVA                   1:17:40
5  Alevtina BAKTIMIROVA             1:18:01
6  Eugenia DANILOVA                 1:22:33
7  Marina SMYSLOVA                  1:25:27
8  Helena RUCHLJADA                 1:26:10
9  Alexandra SCHALGINOVA            1:31:17
10 Irene SEMJANOVA                  1:33:35

10 SEPTEMBER 2006: 26th MOSCOW INT'L PEACE MARATHON

MEN:
1  Andrey NAUMOV               UKR  2:16:49

WOMEN:
2  Nadezhda TRILINSKAYA        RUS  2:41:23

[no further results obtainable]

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17 SEPTEMBER 2006: REEBOK BRISTOL HALF MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN

MEN:
1  Patrick MAKAU               KEN  1:03:37
2  Tewodros SHIFERAW           ETH  1:03:48
3  Simon KASIMILI              KEN  1:05:09
4  Mark MILES                  GBR  1:05:48
5  Thomas ABYU                 ETH  1:05:59
6  Ben NOAD                    GBR  1:06:25
7  M COLEMAN                   GBR  1:06:50
8  Matt SMITH                  GBR  1:07:22
9  Simon JONES                 GBR  1:08:22
10 Nigel LEIGHTON              GBR  1:08:28

WOMEN:
1  Cathy MUTWA                 KEN  1:12:33
2  Birhan DAGNE                GBR  1:14:35
3  Jane KANGARA                KEN  1:15:30
4  Lucy HASELL                 GBR  1:16:50
5  Jo KELSEY                   GBR  1:17:26
6  Holly MAY                   GBR  1:17:56
7  Joanne BREWER               GBR  1:18:54
8  Ruth BRIGGS                 GBR  1:19:10
9  Louise WATSON               GBR  1:19:26
10 Helen MARIE STUART          GBR  1:19:32

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: H. C. ANDERSEN MARATHON, DENMARK

The day was sunny and warm (18-23°C) for the 1,635 runners from 25 countries who took part in 7th Hans Christian Andersen Marathon in Odense. The 2004 winner, Kenya's Daniel Too, took off from Phillip Bandawe of Zimbabwe at 39km.

The Danish runner Lene Duus surprised everyone by winning her first international marathon.

The half marathon was a women's race, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. there were 348 participants.

MEN:
1  Daniel TOO                  KEN  2:15:52
2  Phillip BANDAWE             ZIM  2:16:39
3  Eduard TUKHBATULLIN         RUS  2:19:16
4  Josephat ROB                KEN  2:20:21
5  David KIPTANUI              KEN  2:22:58
6  Rueben KIPTANUI             KEN  2:29:02
7  Casper DAHL                 DEN  2:32:21
8  Henrik SIMONSEN             DEN  2:39:36
9  Soren KIRKETOFTE            DEN  2:46:02
10 Bjarne MOLLER               DEN  2:46:58
 
WOMEN:
1  Lene DUUS                   DEN  2:40:25
2  Jane ROTICH                 KEN  2:43:25
3  Gitte KARLSHOJ              DEN  2:45:57
4  Joanna CHMIEL-GRONT         POL  2:49:00
5  Irina SONGERLAYNEN          RUS  2:49:57
6  Nina MADSEN                 DEN  2:50:05
7  Charla KEMENI               ETH  2:57:15
8  Tatyana PEREPELKINA         RUS  2:58:23
9  Anitta HANSEN               DEN  3:02:39
10 Birgitte JORGENSEN          DEN  3:04:10
 
HALF MARATHON, WOMEN ONLY: 
1  Lotte REKLING               DEN  1:21:38
2  Hanne BALTZERSEN            DEN  1:26:39
3  Rakel GYLFADOTTIR           DEN  1:29:32

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: INT'L GHAZI RUN 10KM, TURKEY

MEN:
1  Aytekin SONIN               TUR  34:48
2  Mehmet GUNDEM               TUR  35:24
3  Evrim BOYUKELHAN            TUR  36:17
4  Claude YAMUREMYE            BUR  36:48
5  Bayram YEL                  TUR  37:02
6  Mahmut YAVUZ                TUR  37:11
7  Muhammet YAVUZ              TUR  37:21
8  Murat KAYA                  TUR  38:29
9  Merdan CAYIR                TUR  38:31
10 Dincer YILMAZ               TUR  38:35

WOMEN:
1  Lilya VADZHAR               RUS  36:11
2  Bahar DOGAN                 TUR  39:32
3  Rahime COTUK                TUR  40:30
4  Lutfiye KAYA                TUR  48:15
5  Aydanur SIRIN               TUR  50:07
6  Burcu ISEMECIOGLU           TUR  51:15
7  Hatice ACAR                 TUR  53:00
8  Eileen AYDINLAR             TUR  54:50
9  Neslihan BILECIK            TUR  54:55
10 Nermin YILMAZER             TUR  55:00

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: MAUI MARATHON AND HALF, USA

MEN:
1  Jacob ROTICH                USA  2:33:44
2  Joe ALUETA                  USA  2:43:04
3  James SHEREMETA             USA  2:44:30
4  Thomas JENSEN               USA  2:51:44
5  Ross NICHOLLS                    2:58:05
6  Masateru KANEKO             JPN  2:58:18
7  Syuichi MIZUNO              JPN  2:58:58
8  Keish DOI                   USA  2:59:42
9  David CARLSSON              USA  3:02:20
10 Juan SANCHEZ                USA  3:02:28
 
WOMEN:
1  Sayuri KUSUTANI             USA  3:05:12
2  Noriko MURAKAMI             JPN  3:06:28
3  Yoko YAMAZAWA               JPN  3:10:35
4  Kayoko NOMURA               JPN  3:11:16
5  Yuka MORI                   JPN  3:15:26
6  Atsuko SATO                 JPN  3:17:05
7  Elizabeth MORRIS            USA  3:25:38
8  Hiromi KITAHARA                  3:26:50
9  Tracy BAKER                 USA  3:29:11
10 Mari NAKAHASHI              JPN  3:29:12
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Josphat BOIT                USA  1:07:06
2  Jonah MAIYO                 USA  1:11:38
3  Brian UDOVICH               USA  1:18:10

WOMEN:
1  Stephanie DICKSON           USA  1:27:46
2  Kriaten KILLIAN             USA  1:29:45
3  Jennifer MADRIL             USA  1:30:59

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: TIMES OF INDIA BANGALORE MARATHON, INDIA

The passion and spirit of Bangalore was again demonstrated by the turnout of over 25,000 people for the event and by home winners in all three categories of races. A good tough field for the men's full marathon included runners from across the world including three elite Ethiopians. But just as in last year's race a local lad took up the challenge and came home victorious in the last 300m.

MEN:
1  H A CHINNAPPA               IND  2:25:19
2  Regasa MINDAYE              ETH  2:25:27
3  Bipul SAHARI                IND  2:25:30
 
WOMEN:
1  Deepti ASHOK                IND  4:13:13
2  Suma C                      IND  4:23:47
3  Kala M                      IND  4:26:06
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Irippa D AKKI               IND  1:04:21
2  P NAGENDRA RAO              IND  1:04:48
3  Radha KRISHNAN              IND  1:09:49
 
WOMEN:
1  K. B                        IND  1:23:55
2  K MAHESWARI                 IND  1:24:04
3  Asha BHARRANA               IND  1:34:54

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL/ SYDNEY MARATHON, AUSTRALIA

MEN:
1  Julius MARITIMRUS                2:19:51
2  Philip MUIA                 AUS  2:21:45
3  Glenn GUZZO                 AUS  2:22:52
4  Falk CIERPINSKI             AUS  2:24:27
5  David CRINITY               AUS  2:31:44
6  Jeremy HORNE                AUS  2:33:39
7  Francis KANYA                    2:36:01
8  Rainer HAUCH                AUS  2:40:23
9  Adam JORDAN                 AUS  2:47:54
10 Stephen HIBBS               AUS  2:48:14
 
WOMEN:
1  Naoko TSUCHIYA                   2:48:44
2  Magda KARIMALI-POULOS       AUS  2:49:54
3  Jenny WICKHAM               AUS  2:53:18
4  Verity TOLHURST             AUS  2:54:49
5  Kirsten MOLLOY              AUS  3:04:44
6  Tina MAJOR                  AUS  3:05:53
7  Johanna PARSONS             AUS  3:08:53
8  Yvette CLEMENTS             AUS  3:09:51
9  Kelly EXETER                AUS  3:17:04
10 Carol KEANE                 AUS  3:18:07
 
HALF MARATHON: 
MEN:
1  Boonthung SRISUNG           AUS  1:07:35
2  Dave RUSCHENA               AUS  1:07:45
3  Charlie LOW                 AUS  1:10:40
 
WOMEN:
1  Kerryn MCCANN               AUS  1:15:58
2  Clare GERAGHTY              AUS  1:16:19
3  Rie UENO                    AUS  1:16:35

17 SEPTEMBER 2006: FLORA WARSAW MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Vitalij SHAFAR              UKR  2:12:29
2  Jonah KEMBOI                KEN  2:12:34
3  William KWAMBAI             KEN  2:13:15
4  Josiah THUGWANE             RSA  2:17:11
5  Elias KIPCHICHIR            KEN  2:22:52
6  Edwin KIPTOO                KEN  2:26:36
7  Zbigniew MURAWSKI           POL  2:30:24
8  Dariusz KLEIN               POL  2:31:24
9  Robert CELINSKI             POL  2:33:11
10 Jurij ZAWGORODDNY           UKR  2:34:03
 
WOMEN:
1  Nina PODNEBESNOVA           RUS  2:42:43
2  Malgorzata JAMROZ           POL  2:43:56
3  Tatiana BIELKINA            BLR  2:46:43
4  Karolina RAKIEC             POL  2:53:39
5  Renata ANTROPIK             POL  3:06:20
6  Irina REUTORICH             RUS  3:16:46
7  Renata TOMALSKA             POL  3:24:41
8  Sandra WOLANSKI             GBR  3:34:59
9  Ewa NAJDER                  POL  3:35:06
10 Katarzyna NIEZABITOWSKA     POL  3:36:58

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24 SEPTEMBER 2006: REAL- BERLIN MARATHON, GERMANY

Haile Gebrselassie long threatened the world record of 2hr 04min 55sec, set by his great rival, Paul Tergat on this same course in 2003 writes Pat Butcher. He led with pacemakers from around halfway, having dropped Sammy Korir at 20km, and he was on his own after 30km. Although he finished way ahead of the runners up, he was exactly one minute and one second behind Tergat's time, as he slowed in the final 5km. Gebrselassie set a new personal best, beating his 2:06:20 from Amsterdam a year ago, and said, "I will break the world record one day, I'm sure."

There was also Ethiopian success in the women's race when Gete Wami, the 1997 10,000m world champion also broke her marathon best. Although second-placed Salina Kosgei also set a new personal best, the weather was warm, rising from 16°C at the 09:00 start, to 22.5°C at the finish.

MEN:
1  Haile GEBRSELASSIE          ETH  2:05:56
2  Shentama KUDAMA             ETH  2:10:43
3  Kurao UMEKI                 JPN  2:13:43
4  Terefe YAE                  ETH  2:15:05
5  Ahmed EZZOBAYRY             FRA  2:15:29
6  Driss EL HIMER              FRA  2:16:44
7  Ombeche MOKAMBA             KEN  2:17:34
8  Jackson KOECH               KEN  2:17:42
9  Abel KIRUI                  KEN  2:17:47
10 Buzinggo DONATIEN           BUR  2:19:25
 
WOMEN:
1  Gete WAMI                   ETH  2:21:34
2  Salina KOSGEI               KEN  2:23:22
3  Monica DRYBULSKA            POL  2:30:12
4  Asha GIGI                   ETH  2:32:32
5  Marcia NARLOCH              BRA  2:35:28
6  Melanie KRAUS               GER  2:35:37
7  Shitaye GEMECHU             ETH  2:35:56
8  Adanech ZEKIROS             ETH  2:36:48
9  Mounia ABOULACHEN           BEL  2:38:55
10 Alem ASHEBIR                ETH  2:41:27

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON AND HALF, CANADA

Almost 10,000 runners participated: 2300 ran in the full marathon, representing 30 countries and 41 American states (over 700 Americans took part). In a rare conjunction of continents there were also 200 British runners and over 100 Mexicans.

The much-anticipated attack on the Canadian all-comers record fell short — but only by a whisker. Daniel Rono took his marathon streak to three wins, as he defeated a high-quality field in challenging, windy conditions on the Toronto Waterfront. He took a minute and a half off the previous course record, set by Simon Bor last year. His time was 20 seconds short of Waldemar Cierpinski's Canadian all-comers mark of 2:09:55 set in the 1976 Olympic Marathon. It is the third fastest marathon ever run in Canada.

Rono had run 2:12 twice in the last 18 months, with wins in Madrid 2005 and Mumbai 2006 (in hot conditions). After an excitable first kilometre of 2:49, a large group of more than 20 settled down, tucked in behind the four pacemakers who provided an effective windshield between 3km and 12km. They passed 10km in 30:50, and halfway on target-pace in 64:37. At this point there were still 15 in contention, including Rono, last year's winner Bor, 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Samson Ramadhani of Tanzania, and the Moroccan Abderrahime Bouramdane, who had won in Ottawa in May, in a personal best of 2:12:18.

By 25km the pacers had gone and the group was down to six. Ramadhani and Bouramdane were pushing the pace towards a likely 2:09 time. By 30km Bor had dropped off the pace with a sore calf muscle, but eventually struggling home courageously in sixth. At 33km Ramadhani paid the price for his earlier aggression, and the race was down to two, Rono and Bouramdane. Turning into the wind (gusting from 25km–30km/hr) just before 34km, the pair ran shoulder to shoulder although the pace dropped to 3:12 per kilometre and the chances of picking up the CAN$20,000 bonus for breaking 2:09:55 slipped away.

At 39km Rono sensed that his opponent was tiring and made the decisive move, quickly opening up a gap of some 40m. He maintained his style even into the wind in the last kilometre, to record a very impressive winning time.

Malgorzata Sobanska ran a smart tactical race to set a new women's course record. She overhauled the long-time leader Elizabeth Chemweno in the last 10km to cross the line in 2:34:31, eclipsing Lyubov Morgunova's 2:36:20 set in 2003.

In the accompanying half marathon, locally-based Giitah Macharia, benefitted from the shelter of the marathon pacermakers to 18km before powering on to win in 64:37; The women's race was won impressively by Commonwealth Games marathon silver medalist, Hellen Cherono.

MEN:
1  Daniel RONO                 KEN  2:10:15
2  Abderrahime BOURAMDANE      MOR  2:10:41
3  Peter N MUTHAMA             KEN  2:14:21
4  Festus KIOKO                KEN  2:15:11
5  Laban MOIBEN                KEN  2:16:46
6  Simon BOR                   KEN  2:16:48
7  Samson RAMADHANI            TAN  2:17:20
8  Gualberto VARGAS            MEX  2:17:22
9  Rito REGULES                MEX  2:18:51
10 Hamou MOUDOUJI              MOR  2:19:13
 
WOMEN:
1  Malgorzata SOBANSKA         POL  2:34:32
2  Elizabeth CHEMWENO          KEN  2:37:41
3  Jessica RODRIGUES           MEX  2:41:29
4  Viktoria KLIMINA            RUS  2:43:36
5  Tania JONES                 CAN  2:44:21
6  Beth EBURNE                 GBR  2:48:24
7  Sue HARRISON                GBR  2:51:28
8  Maria Regina YAMIN          MEX  2:53:42
9  Paula MORRISON              USA  2:58:00
10 Chantal GOSSELIN            CAN  3:02:27
 
HALF MARATHON: 
MEN:
1  Giitah MACHARIA             CAN  1:04:38
2  Henry GITHUKA                    1:05:18
3  Abel ONDEYO                 CAN  1:05:38
 
WOMEN:
1  Hellen CHERONO              KEN  1:12:59
2  Liza BENTLEY                CAN  1:18:47
3  Liz MAGUIRE                 CAN  1:19:56

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: MARATONINA CITTA DI UDINE, ITALY

MEN:
1  Evans CHERUYOT              KEN  1:00:18
2  Paul KIRUI                  KEN  1:00:18
3  William TODOO               KEN  1:00:33
4  Jonathan KOSGEI             KEN  1:00:47
5  Charles KAMATHI             KEN  1:01:17
6  James ROTICH                KEN  1:02:23
7  William KIPSANG             KEN  1:03:21
8  Felix LIMO                  KEN  1:03:27
9  Francesco INGARGIOLA        ITA  1:04:44
10 Alberico DI CECCO           ITA  1:04:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Aniko KALOVICS              HUN  1:10:30
2  Rosalba CONSOLE             ITA  1:11:54
3  Simone STAICU               HUN  1:14:02
4  Vincenza SICARI             ITA  1:14:29
5  Fatna MARAOUI               ITA  1:14:55
6  Petra TEVELLI               HUN  1:15:47
7  Marilies PENKER             AUT  1:19:18
8  Cristina SCOMPARIN          ITA  1:22:49
9  Donatella SAIU              ITA  1:26:26
10 Lorena GIURISSA             ITA  1:27:07

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: TURIN MARATHON, ITALY

MEN:
1  Stephen KIBIWOTT            KEN  2:10:10
2  Henry KAPKYAI               KEN  2:10:43
3  Eliap KURGAT                KEN  2:11:45
4  David CHEPKWONY             KEN  2:14:29
5  Mohammed ZAKARIA            BAH  2:15:20
 
WOMEN:
1  Janne EKIMAT                KEN  2:32:18
2  Olesya NURGALIEVA           RUS  2:35:13
3  Girma TAFA                  ETH  2:38:30

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: RTP HALF MARATHON OF PORTUGAL, PORTUGAL

MEN:
1  Robert K CHEURYIOT          KEN  1:02:51
2  Peter KIPKASI               KEN  1:03:57
3  Eduardo HENRIQUES           POR  1:04:06
4  Richard LIMO                KEN  1:05:03
5  Hermano FERREIRA            POR  1:05:13
6  Jose ROCHA                  POR  1:05:35
7  Jose MADURO                 POR  1:05:51
8  Fernando SILVA              POR  1:06:52
9  Edwin KIBET                 KEN  1:07:32
10 Manuel DAMLAO               POR  1:08:52
 
WOMEN:
1  Pamela CHEPCHUMBA           KEN  1:11:07
2  Bizunesh BEKELE             ETH  1:11:37
3  Irene JEROTICH              KEN  1:12:49
4  Leonor CARNEIRO             POR  1:13:05
5  Monica ROSA                 POR  1:13:09
6  Caroline KWAMBAI            KEN  1:14:32
7  Nancy KIPROP                KEN  1:15:16
8  Analia ROSA                 POR  1:16:09
9  Ana DIAS                    POR  1:17:43
10 Elisabete LOPES             POR  1:18:04

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: 45TH DEXIA BIL ROUTE DU VIN HALF MARATHON, LUXEMBOURG

MEN:
1  Francis KIBIWOTT            KEN  1:00:29
2  Isaac MACHARIA              KEN  1:00:53
3  Marwa Dickson MKAWI         TAN  1:01:57
4  Andrei LIMO                 KEN  1:02:00
5  Mariko KIPCHUMBA            KEN  1:02:12
6  Barnabas KENDUYIWO          KEN  1:02:30
7  Ekiru John KELAI            KEN  1:02:45
8  Moses KIPRUTO               KEN  1:03:12
9  Charles NGOLEPUS            KEN  1:04:22
10 Sammy KURUI                      1:04:48
 
WOMEN:
1  Anne KOSGEI                 KEN  1:11:47
2  Pauline WANGUI              KEN  1:12:30
3  Kristijna LOONEN                 1:14:03
4  Catherine CHIKWAKWA         MAL  1:14:31
5  Emmah KIRUKI                KEN  1:14:54
6  Kerubo Rose NYANGACHA       KEN  1:15:45
7  Fatiha BAOUF                     1:16:38
8  Pascale SCHMOETTEN               1:25:42
9  Tania HARPES                     1:27:36
10 Julia WYDRA                      1:28:12

24 SEPTEMBER 2006: BALTIC MARATHON AND HALF, ESTONIA

MEN:
1  Taavi TAMBUR                EST  2:35:46
2  Michael SMITH               GBR  2:36:59
3  Aleksei SAVELJEV            EST  2:38:14
4  Heinrich SILLANG            EST  2:42:17
5  Elar VULLA                  EST  2:50:27
6  Jaanus GROSS                EST  2:51:04
7  Alar SAVASTVER              EST  2:53:38
8  Mario MUSTASAAR             EST  2:54:15
9  Arved AKSEN                 EST  2:54:33
10 Sulev LIHT                  EST  2:55:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Olga ANDREJEVA              EST  3:05:53
2  Tatjana SOTNIKOVA           EST  3:08:40
3  Kaja VALS                   EST  3:08:51
4  Maie KUUSIK                 EST  3:54:46
5  Maris JAAMA                 EST  3:56:30
6  Kristina VIND               EST  4:09:48
7  Heleen VENNIKAS             EST  4:18:34
8  Terje TOOMINGAS             EST  4:21:49
9  Hilkka KONTRO               FIN  4:21:49
10 Pille VENNIKAS              EST  4:31:28
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Vjatseslav KOSELEV          EST  ??????
2  Viktors SLESARONOKS         LAT  ??????
3  Aigars MATISONS             LAT  1:06:35
 
WOMEN:
1  Svetlana IVANOVA            LAT  1:17:10
2  Irina LATVE                 LAT  1:21:09
3  Alison BOGIE                GBR  1:26:42

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30 SEPTEMBER 2006: LAKE TAHOE MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Tony TORRES              USA  2.42.37
2  Johan OOSTERHUIZEN       NED  2.44.03
3  John WERU                KEN  2.49.58
4  Paul PAZDAN              USA  2.58.21
5  Peter RAUCH              USA  2.58.58
6  Thomas REISS             USA  2.59.02
7  Max KAESER               USA  3.04.03
8  Michael SEXTON           USA  3.11.01
9  Mike MILLER              USA  3.13.18
10 Scott DUNLAP             USA  3.17.32
 
WOMEN:
1  Lisa BUTLER              USA  3.25.01
2  Shana BROWN              USA  3.28.21
3  Nadia RUIZ               USA  3.44.43
4  Shelley MOSS             USA  3.47.02
5  Kathie SCHAUS            USA  3.47.03
6  Anne AICHER              USA  3.47.20
7  Talva HATHAWAY           USA  3.49.45
8  Van PHAN                 USA  3.51.13
9  Melissa EDEBURN          USA  3.52.47
10 Deborah HAMBERLIN        USA  3.53.33

In the three-day triple marathon, which more than circumnavigates the Lake and of which the final instalment is the Lake Tahoe Marathon, Johan Oosterhuizen put in a Guiness World-record breaking performance to run highly consistently and clock up a total time of little more than 8 hours. Thomas Reiss was not so far behind, but the women's race was closer, with Deborah Hamberlin winning by a margin of 12 minutes from Van Pham.

TRIPLE MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Johan OOSTERHUIZEN NED  2:43:46 2:43:31 2:44:03 = 8:11:08
2  Thomas REISS       USA  2:56:23 2:47:56 2:59:02 = 8:43:19
3  Eric JENSEN        USA  3:46:48 3:36:59 3:32:40 = 10:56:26
 
WOMEN:
1  Deborah HAMBERLIN  USA  3:45:35 3:38:32 3:53:33 = 11:17:39
2  Van PHAM           USA  3:52:01 3:46:27 3:51:13 = 11:29:40
3  Jean WATSON        USA  3:59:56 3:57:54 4:06:49 = 11:51:05
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Duane PENNER            1:28:34
2  Marc SAMSON             1:29:31
3  Chuck MACDONALD         1:30:15
 
WOMEN:
1  Karen AEBERLI           1:40:07
2  Angie PENNER            1:40:24
3   Amy CZESNOWSKI         1:44:33

30 SEPTEMBER 2006: KUST MARATHON, BELGIUM

The race direction is only determined a few days before the race, so that runners are almost assured of the wind at their backs. The front runners in both races flew away from the rest, with Virginie Vanroogenbroeck finishing 12 minutes clear. A tight battle in the men's race between Rik Ceulemans and Gino Van Geyte, which resulted in a 100m win for Ceulemans, also took place a distant nine minutes before third place was claimed.

MEN:
1  Rik CEULEMANS                      2:14:15
2  Gino VAN GEYTE                     2:14:50
3  Vincent TERNET                     2:23:35
4  Koen VAN RIE                       2:25:41
5  Frederick COLPAERT                 2:27:38
6  Oleg OTMAKOV                       2:30:23
7  Geert SNEPPE                       2:30:30
8  Luc ALSTEENS                       2:31:17
9  Wim MORY                           2:33:25
10 Bart DE SMET                       2:37:29
 
WOMEN:
1  Virginie VANROOGENBROECK           2:46:36
2  Nadia CLAUS                        2:58:02
3  Sofie CLAUS                        3:02:48
4  Ange DAMMEN                        3:04:38
5  Francoise THEATE                   3:05:42
6  Nadine EYCKMANS                    3:08:39
7  Christelle CHARLOT                 3:09:11
8  Heidi CURINCKX                     3:17:31
9  Mariette VAN BAEL                  3:18:38
10 Nadine BALDUCK                     3:21:56
 
HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Tom VAN DREISSCHE                  1:11:41
2  Dirk VERLEYEN                      1:12:53
3  Alain POTIAUX                      1:13:23

WOMEN:
1  Veerle D'HAESSE                    1:23:42
2  Sabine DERUYTTER                   1:28:38
3  Ruth VIANE                         1:30:06

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